School Sport: Hall Mead will put Havering Cup celebrations on hold
PUBLISHED: 14:30 04 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:00 04 May 2017
Year nine squad turn focus on Essex Cup final
Hall Mead’s year nine boys will “hold off” their celebrations from winning the Havering Schools’ Cup until after they have played in their Essex Cup final next week.
The Upminster pupils won the borough silverware after a convincing 3-0 win over Emerson Park at Hornchurch Stadium on Tuesday as two goals from Max Gnandi and another from Ben Rowe made it back-to-back Havering Cups for the squad.
And coach and teacher Jason Swan couldn’t be happier with the season Hall Mead have had, with a county final against Shenfield High at Dagenham & Redbridge’s Victoria Road ground still to come.
He said: “The boys have had a really good season. We’ve got another final next week, the Essex Cup final, so we’ll hold off our celebrations until after that game.
“But they thoroughly deserved the win. They won last year, and if you saw the game you saw that they thoroughly deserved to win today, it could have been more than 3-0.”
Swan also mentioned how the performance of his side was an eye-opener for many of the people who watched the game, who asked where the boys play their football outside of school.
“I had various people ask me who players play for, but none of them play for any academy clubs,” he added.
“A few of them are being looked at, but a lot of them play for Harold Wood Cougars, at least six or seven of them.”
On the other hand, Emerson Park’s coach Alex Reed was less than happy with his side’s performance, but was quick to credit the performance of the winning team.
“We didn’t want it from the start, we had no aggression, one-on-one battles were lost on the edge of our own area and all the loose balls was picked up by Hall Mead because they were quicker to the mark,” said Reed.
“We have great individual players, but we were a bit weak on our bench so there was not a lot of impact to come out of the dugout.
“In the second half it was a different game, we started to threaten and we broke through but it was just the final ball never came.
“But credit to Hall Mead, they were a good team, they’re athletic, physically stronger than us and they had a little bit more desire. It’s just a shame we couldn’t turn up in the final.”